In the last couple of days, I’ve been told, via comments left on this blog, “to see things in perspective,” to be more “reasonable,” that “I often pick on Xavi,” that I “go after Barcelona’s La Roja players,” that I “ALWAYS defend RM’s players and their reputations,” that my “excuses” are “lame,” with many other things implied. I’ve also been told that I’m “one-sided,” and that I have a “Madrid bias.”
When I started this blog, I just wanted to share the Spanish national team with everyone, especially those who don’t speak Spanish, because I know how hard it can be to get information on them. I placed a “no club” rule on this blog, because I wanted the focus to be on the national team, and not the clubs they play for. And I thought I had been pretty successful at that. At least, I generally had no complaints or negative comments until I posted about some reactions to the three weeks of clásicos and their effect on La Roja, as it was inevitable that clubs were mentioned with this issue. And that’s when I started receiving comments like the ones above. You may not agree what I wrote in response to some of the comments, but I really believe the posts in this blog have been neutral, and for it to be attacked like that…
You know, I don’t have to write anything for this blog. It’s not an obligation, I’m not making any money off of this. And it’s giving me more headaches and frustration now than anything, so I locked the most recent posts while trying to decide what to do with the blog. Nothing is set yet, but two options that I may consider are to shut the whole thing down, or to stop writing about the Barcelona players, because I foresee that every word I write about them in the future will be scrutinized for my Madrid bias and used against me to put me down. Of course, some will just view that as a further example of my one-sidedness, so I’d just like to say that I have no problems with Barcelona’s players when they’re with La Roja (what happens when they’re on duty with their club is for the most part irrelevant for this blog). I just don’t want to be constantly insulted. So if I choose this option, I apologize in advance to those fans of La Roja’s Barcelona players who will miss out on photos, news, interviews, anecdotes and other fun things involving their favorite players because of this. But I hope you can see why I would choose to take this decision. I also foresee that I will be told to stop writing about Madrid as well if I quit writing about Barcelona. I can do that, but I’m going to feature Madrid’s La Roja players extensively on the other blog, so fans of Madrid’s La Roja players can always go there.
On a side note, I’d also like you to try and find an example where I pick on Xavi in this blog as a La Roja player, or I make a disparaging remark about a La Roja player only because they play for Barcelona. I’d like to see the basis for these accusations, and I hope I can prove that they are unfounded. Conversely, if anyone is curious, I can also offer examples where I condemn a Real Madrid player for their actions.